A native of Boston Massachusetts, Dr. Behringer received her Undergraduate BA with Honors at Brown University in Providence R.I. Upon graduation from Boston University School of Medicine, she went on to Internal Medicine Residency at the New England Deaconess Medical Center and Residency in Anesthesia and Fellowships in Thoracic Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the Massachusettts General Hospital in Boston Massachusetts.
She is currently a Cardiac Surgical Intensivist in the division of Cardiovascular Surgery and Critical Care at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She is Attending Intensivist in the 16 bed Cardiac Surgical ICU and 32 bed Cardiac Surgical stepdown unit specializing in the care of complex Cardiac Surgical patients. The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine opened in Pasadena California in 2020. Dr. Behringer is part of the team creating a curriculum for medical students on all aspects of Cardiac Surgical care including Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Anesthesia and Cardiac Surgical Critical Care. She is also leading research and human initiatives at Kaiser in the Cardiac Surgical ICU regarding teamwork in airway management as well as expedited recovery following cardiac surgery.
Dr. Behringer has published extensively on airway management outside of the operating room. Dr. Behringer has been the Co-Moderator of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Difficult Airway Workshop for over 15 years. She is the recipient of numerous clinical teaching awards throughout her academic career.
She served as President of the Society for Airway Management for two terms (2009-2011)and earned it’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013. She is currently a member of the SAM special project on International Airway Leads which aspires to make the Airway Lead a National standard in the United States
She was Co-Chair of the first World Airway Management Meeting in Dublin Ireland in 2015 as well as the second WAMM meeting in Amsterdam The Netherlands in 2019 -the largest in -person airway management focused educational events to date. Currently Dr. Behringer is Executive Director of the World Alliance of Airway Management ( www.Waam.ie) which aspires to be a global resource for airway education, research and training